The Ibans perform a alone dance called the ngajat. It serves many intents depending on the juncture. During Gawais. it is used to entertain the people who in the olden yearss enjoy graceful ngajats as a signifier of amusement. The beginning of this autochthonal dance is non clearly known but it is believed to hold been in being along with the Iban folk since the sixteenth Century. The Ngajat dance is believed to hold been performed by warriors on their return from conflicts. . The male terpsichoreans wear big plumes as portion of their headdress. keep an ornate and long shield in their manus with ironss. beads and a breechcloth called the ‘cawat’ .
The female terpsichoreans have an luxuriant headgear. ironss. beads and a ‘dress’ that reaches to below their articulatio genuss with intricate weaving. Traditionally this dance was merely performed by male terpsichoreans but non any longer. The dance is arranged consecutive lines and in a circle and does affect dramatic springs and leaps performed by the male terpsichoreans. If the existent tradition. the music if we dance ngajat we use the life music which have person o group who play the music such as tam-tam. Gongs and other cultural percussion instruments such as the ‘enkeromong’ . ‘bendai’ . ‘canang’ and ‘dumbak or ketebong’ provide the music.
The instrumentalists may be either male oThe pride in cognizing how to execute the ‘ngajat. ’ the Iban traditional dance must be kept firing among the Iban childs. The immature Ibans should look back to the yearss of their parents or sires when there was so much pride in cognizing how to execute the ‘ngajat’ . Ngajat is a warrior dance of the Iban folk in Sarawak. It is said that ngajat is performed by the warriors upon their successful return. to observe their triumph in conflict. Today. the dance is performed as portion of the Gawai Dayak jubilations.
When executing the dance. the male terpsichoreans wear a headdress made from the tail plumes of the hornbill ( though today most likely unreal plume may be used. to salvage the birds ) . He holds a long blade in one manus and an ornately decorated shield in the other. Around his thorax are necklaces made of beads and cowry shells. and he wore a ceremonial cawat. or loincloth. The terpsichorean make slow motions. as though stalking the enemy. This is interspersed with dramatic struts as though he is jumping frontward to assail.
The dance is performed accompanied by the music from tribal musical instruments. normally percussions. including the enkeromong. bendai. canang and dumbak or ketebong. There are several Ngajat dance such as Ngajat Induk. Ngajat bebunoh. Ngajat Lesong. Ngajat Semain. Ngajat Berayah and Ngajat ““Ngemai antu pala” Furthermore. it symbolize the happy stoping of another rhythm of padi planting season. welcoming the God of Farming to the banquet and giving thanks for the bountiful and successful crop.
In the yesteryear. a “Ngajat Semain” was performed by immature Iban male childs and misss who have merely finish their Ngajat lessons taught to them after the heavy work of uncluttering the forest and firing season is over. The pacing of this Ngajat performed by the misss is slow and graceful exposing the beautiful design form of the freshly completed “Pua Kumbu” woven by the misss during the agrarian rhythm. As for the immature male childs. the pacing is besides slow exposing their soldierly artistic and equilibrating accomplishments in readying to come in their maturity life.
This means that they will take more big duty in the following agriculture season. This is besides an chance for them to expose their beautiful costumes. headdresss. talismans such as Engkerimok. Simpai. Tumpa Bala and of class their new to the full decorated blades and its design. At the present twenty-four hours. the Ngajat music and dance are perform to continue the Iban Culture and for the younger coevals to value the unique of it the terpsichorean dance follow the music that have a group who play the music. These is the traditional Dane. which the most popular in Sarawak.